Charlene Amoia is an American actress best known for her role as Wendy the waitress in the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Some of her other television credits include Glee and Diana Coto on Switched at Birth, and her film credits include Kevin’s (Thomas Ian Nicholas) wife Elllie in American Reunion (2012) from the American Pie series.
Childhood and early career
Charlene was born in Buffalo New York. She got her start in modeling before making the transition to acting in 2001 with a role on the soap opera, Port Charles. That part on the daytime drama led to guest appearances in several other series, including Joey, Girlfriends, 90210, and as Anna Schick in The Young and the Restless.
How I Met Your Mother
From 2005 to 2011, she played Wendy, a waitress that works at the bar, the main setting of the American TV hit How I Met Your Mother. Although at times on the series she was rumored to be Ted’s future wife, Amoia herself didn’t believe Wendy would turn out to be “the one”. “Wendy had sex with Barney behind the bar on the show and also made out with Ted’s dad, so the likelihood of this character being the mom, I thought, was pretty small anyway, but the fact that fans were rooting for me was awesome!” the actress has said.  On playing Wendy, she has said, “I love playing flawed characters. Wendy is so genuinely sweet and guileless to a point that she doesn’t realize she’s being taken advantage of. Being able to take on these characteristics in a way that is funny and harmless is always so much fun!”
Other TV and film work
Amoia also played Nurse Katie on daytime soap Days of Our Lives, Bailey on Glee and Diana Cotto on Switched at Birth. Additionally she appeared in the TV series 90210 as teacher Miss Wells in Season 1, Episode 7.
She played: Janet Conrad, a pushy NATO Photographer who was seeking a career changing “Front Line Photo” in the 2016 movie; Sniper Special Ops.